Wednesday, April 25, 2012

My garden oh my!

Way back in February we planted our garden. We started everything from seed which I had never done before, so it was sort of an experiment. This is how it looked in the beginning. We took a few of the seedlings we started in milk jugs and the rest we just planted as seeds in the garden.

Now we have this!!! 

 And this!!!
We are currently growing zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, okra, heirloom tomatoes, beans (bush and pole), okra, peppers, carrots, beets, cucumber, lettuce, and corn.  The beets are doing amazingly well, as are the zucchini, and broccoli. We lost a bunch of plants to snails (the beasts). We had to spread snail pellets but they still manage to get in and hide out in the beets. Poor peppers took a beating this week. Every morning after breakfast we do a garden check and chuck the snails into the ravine. Too bad they have 150 close cousins in the yard already. Ugh!

Here is our zucchini plant which just bloomed. We have five little zucchini growing already! Alex is going to have to build the trellis soon to give this guy a place to spread.
Here is our first broccoli head.

It is already twice that size from just a few days ago. Such a ginormous plant for one head of broccoli.

We also bought some citrus and avocado trees a couple weeks ago and planted those. Everybody helped out and it was a giant mess!!! We planted the dwarf citrus trees in my wine barrels.
The mexican lime tree is pretty puny but has lots of tiny lime buds. It also serves to camouflage our compost bin. 
We have a dwarf clementine tree as well. It is very hardy looking but has no visible fruit yet. 
Our avocado tree is going to be planted in ground but isn't ready to be planted yet. I guess she has "sensitive roots" and needs some time to adjust. Must be a girl with sensitive roots if you asked me. I told Lily we are planting a guacamole garden.

We (meaning I) planted some tomato starts inside to do a bit of an experiment and see if they do better than the ones planted in the garden. I can tell you so far they are winning by leaps and bounds. No snails and nice and toasty warm inside. I am going to plant them in some containers when they get a bit bigger. I am sure we will have no problem finding ways to use them up (or give them away).


  1. I wish Wisconsin could sustain a "guacamole garden". What C. would do for her very own Avocado tree!

  2. Jake and I had so much fun in our garden last year. The bugs and critters are a constant pest. Good Luck!

  3. Can't wait to checkout the goods come the fall.